Changes in Tech Hiring in the Midst of COVID-19

Posted by Marketing on 05 05, 2020

The COVID-19 lockdown is changing the way the world does business and how the job market is moving. While some businesses shutter or furlough workers, others are luckily still busy hiring during COVID-19. A job that’s still in demand amid the pandemic? Yes, there is, and it’s anything related to technology.

After looking at job postings around the US, one thing has been noticeable: job posts in tech hubs rose between February and March. Cities with rising tech hubs like Texas and California saw growing trends in hiring tech since COVID-19, while larger cities like New York and Houston saw only subtle declines. 

Unprecedented Demand for IT Professionals

It can be difficult to fully understand what the rise in numbers mean, as IT job growth trends during a pandemic are unexpected. No one knows for sure if the trends will continue upward as the pandemic continues, but it looks like hiring tech professionals during COVID-19 will not slow down soon. 

Why not? Giant tech firms are the first ones to find their footing amid the crisis. Amazon and Twitter, for instance, are in high demand as people are home with limited opportunities for shopping and personal interaction, making them turn to the digital world to satisfy their cravings. 

The big tech companies are not alone in the increased demand for tech, too. Even small and non-tech companies still need tech workers who can help them stay safe from cyberattackers and maintain their e-commerce and other software portals. Tech workers are also needed to assist employees’ connectivity and security needs while working from home. 

Hiring Continued Amidst the Outbreak

Fortunately, the tech job hiring in cities that are home to major tech hubs has remained healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak. Even the COVID-19 epicenter, New York City, only saw a minimal decline of 1% in hiring tech workers in the thick of the outbreak. Boston also saw a hiring decline between February and March, but it was still minimal at 6%. 

Rising tech hubs like San Diego, Raleigh, and Arlington showed job posting increases of over 20% between February and March. Arlington’s sustained tech job growth can be attributed to its federal government contracts, and the city is also seeing a hiring boom with Amazon’s HQ2 headquarters. On the other hand, Raleigh is home to research institutions and several startups, while San Diego has large companies like General Atomics and Qualcomm filling up tech positions in February and March 2020. 

Tech jobs are also continuously in-demand all over Texas’ hotspots. Tech hotbeds like Austin and Dallas saw a major growth in the last 12 months, and they continue to see hiring booms despite the COVID outbreak. Austin’s tech job postings grew by 13% between February and March, while Dallas’s grew by 3%. Companies like IBM, Salesforce, and Deloitte have mainly contributed to hiring tech professionals in these Texas cities during COVID-19.  

Job Tech Growth Continues in Southern California

Even though California saw a notable growth between 2019 and 2020, many cities saw a slight hiring slowdown between February and March 2020. Most of the growth was in Southern California, especially in San Diego at 23% and Los Angeles at 9%.

Despite the job growth in Southern California, Silicon Valley in Northern California is still important for many of the world’s largest tech companies. Many of the tech hubs in the area were some of the first companies to close when the outbreak began and carried out work-from-home arrangements. Google, for example, sent workers home to perform their duties remotely. 

Even though its hiring has slowed in the short-term, Silicon Valley is continuing to hire qualified tech workers. Yes, San Francisco saw a small decline in hiring at 2%, but they were still posting jobs as the need for qualified candidates continues. 

Evaluating Hiring Trends

The fact that companies are still hiring tech workers amid a global pandemic shows that tech can continue thriving even in adversity. Companies have continuous demand to get tech work done, and they need the best people to help them do it. 

Though no one knows what lies ahead as the COVID-19 pandemic persists, the signs for the tech job market are leaning towards positive. To understand fully how the pandemic has been impacting the job industry, we will continue to watch trends and share insights that can help move forward. 

At Infinity Consulting Solutions (ICS), we take great pride in following the trends and helping employers and workers fill their needs, even in challenging times. If you are a tech worker looking for a job now, we can help you find the best fit for your skills. Contact ICS today to find the right job and company for you.

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